From ironing-board desks to treehouse offices, your employees are working in ways you’d never have predicted four months ago. Now, with permanent change all-but guaranteed, those unique set-ups could be the powerhouse of your business in the much longer term. Here’s how to make sure you get the benefits of that change – and keep your company working like a well-oiled machine.
You can’t control everything when your employees work remotely. If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that you probably don’t need to. But business leaders are now contemplating a much longer-term – and more profound – change to working life.
So, do we need to replace ‘remote working’ procedures with a genuine work-from-anywhere approach? And what difference does that make to how you should enable your employees?
You can win twice over
76% of global office workers say they want to continue to work from home at least once weekly after the pandemic. A typical employer can also save around $11,000 per year for every person who works remotely at least half of the time. For employers, it’s a win-win: happier employees and reduced outlays.
That’s if you can make sure productivity and collaboration remain high, even as workers move between offices, makeshift standing desks and sofas.
What’s holding us back?
Since remote working became the rule, employees have come up with all sorts of ways to adapt. Stories have hit the press about ingenious new home offices, built with anything from exercise bikes to cardboard boxes. But many have faced limitations which they can’t control. In fact, 44% report that they don’t have the right technology and tools to work productively outside of the office.
For companies looking to save big on office space in the future, that’s a concern. Even if your overall productivity has remained strong during the pandemic, you’ll need to make remote work as effortless as possible to maintain employee goodwill and sustain strong outputs.
Why static solutions won’t work
While a large majority want to work from home some of the time, only 16% of employees want to do so permanently.1 So, an average working week in the future could see the majority of staff flitting between different locations.
With limited budgets for extra equipment, small businesses in particular cannot afford to equip employees for every location. Instead, they need solutions which maximise flexibility and which can adapt to different environments. That means the devices of the future workplace may need to escape the silos of ‘laptop’ ‘monitor’ or ‘tablet’.
Embrace a new level of flexibility
New accessories and extra equipment have plugged the productivity gap for some. But to become work-from-anywhere companies in the future, businesses will need a new level of flexibility from their tech.
That’s one of the reasons why Lenovo has developed the new ThinkPad X1 Fold. As the only PC with a folding screen, your employees can move more freely and get more done. They can flatten the screen and place it on a small stand in any of their work locations. They can slip the Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard over half the screen, folding the device to type on the train. Or they can take notes in a meeting with the Lenovo Mod Pen, using the 13.3” OLED display as a tablet.
Bridge the gaps for a more productive future
As you move towards a work-from-anywhere model, you’ll want to keep things as seamless as possible across every location. Lenovo smart office devices extend your meeting rooms far beyond your own four walls, helping you bridge the gap. We’ve also developed solutions that help your IT teams administer and monitor from a distance, so they can support any combination of remote and office-based employees.
It’s all part of the revolution that’s driving a smarter way forward – transforming where and when we work with technology, to make it easier to connect and collaborate. You can take a look at what else that means for businesses like yours here].
 Global Workplace Analytics, June 2020, https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/brags/news-releases
 Global Workplace Analytics, Work-At-Home After Covid-19 – Our Forecast, https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/work-at-home-after-covid-19-our-forecast
 Lenovo, Market Insights and Trends, 2020 /origind8/sites/default/files/2020-07/Phase%201%20-%20BUS_Market%20Insights%20Layout_FINAL_0.pdf